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UK Borders To Be ‘Fully Digital’ To Measure Immigration Levels, Home Secretary Announces | Political news

The UK border will become “fully digital” so that the government can measure immigration levels, the Home Secretary will announce on Monday.

Priti Patel is set to announce what the government is calling “sweeping changes” to UK immigration policy to “streamline” the way people enter the country.

The changes include digital border management, which the government says will be “easier for businesses to navigate while allowing … for the first time to accurately count people entering and leaving the UK” .

Priti Patel
Priti Patel to deliver speech detailing the changes

He added that the UK has never been able to accurately measure the number of people entering and leaving the country.

The reforms, which are expected to be implemented by the end of 2025, are part of changing the way people enter the UK and allow automated security checks in a bid to stop serious criminals coming from abroad.

This means that people wishing to enter the UK without a visa or immigration status will need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), similar to the US system, with 30 million applications to be processed each year.

Ms Patel said: “Now that we have regained control and ended free movement, security is at the heart of our immigration strategy.

“Our new all-digital border will allow us to count people inside and outside the country, which will allow us to control who comes to the UK.

“Our new approach will make it easier to identify potential threats before they reach the border. The British people will have confidence that the strictest controls are in place to keep them safe.”

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Ms Patel will also present new approaches to tackle ‘the broken asylum system and ensure that criminal gangs profit from people smuggling to …

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This notice was published: 2021-05-22 15:49:00